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Today's News

  • Restoring rights to felons: redemption or politics?

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has represented Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2011. The district includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax. He previously was majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • A legal, moral authority to restore rights

    This editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

    Sometimes in politics, the most effective maneuver is to do nothing. Especially when your adversary is making a huge mistake.

    Republican lawmakers in Richmond are desperately trying to make hay of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore the civil rights of 200,000 ex-convicts who have served their time and completed all requirements for supervised release, probation or parole.

  • Grayson School Board approves new bathroom ordinance

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board passed an ordinance Friday, stating that students must either use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, or a separate bathroom.

    The ordinance, which immediately took effect after it was passed, came in response to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and Education, which was released to schools across the country on May 13.

  • Details emerge after homicide suspect's arrest

    Staff Reports

    On Tuesday, Galax police arrested Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. of Galax, and charged him with the capital murder of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28.

    Nofsinger, 36, is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. An arraignment via video is set for May 20 in Galax General District Court.

  • GHS enlists colonel to speak at graduation

    At its May 10 meeting, the Galax City School Board learned that the commencement speaker for graduation this year will be U.S. Army Reserve Col. Eric Bryson, a graduate of the school.

    Bryson graduated in 1983 and has served during the Desert Storm operation in Saudi Arabia and provided support for Operation Joint Endeavor in Babenhausen, Germany, as well has holding numerous posts on American soil.

    Among his many medals are the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement Medal.

  • County, schools reach budget compromise in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County leadership and school system administration put in long hours last weekend to reach an agreeable middle ground regarding the Grayson County School Board’s 2017 fiscal year budget and additional funds to complete the bleacher project at the high school.


    The budget was presented during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 16, where it was approved with several conditions regarding the additional allocation of funds for the bleachers.

  • Fire destroys Independence Lumber equipment building

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The cause of a fire at Independence Lumber early Wednesday morning is still undetermined, according to a news release from the Independence Fire Department.

    The department received a call at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, about a structure fire at 407 Lumber Lane, the shop location for Independence Lumber. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a metal shell building — which serves as the business’s on-site facility for trucks and other equipment, according to the department — fully engulfed in flames.

  • Readers Hotline 5/18/16

    Flying debris
    When city employees mow the grass, can you please ask them to mow with the grass (and rocks or debris) flying away from the road and passing cars?

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  • Arrest made in double homicide

    UPDATED 5/18, 6:20 P.M.

    Staff Reports

    On Tuesday, Galax police arrested Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. and charged him with the capital murder of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and the first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin until his arraignment, which is scheduled for Friday.

  • To turn three

    Donald Peck of Cana will celebrate his birthday on May 15 with a family friends and frolic party.

    He will be three years old.